Reddit classed as one of the most popular content aggregation website has just banned and purged several Nazi subreddits pages following recent policy changes. The newly banned and removed pages include r/NationalSocialism, r/Nazi, r/whitesarecriminals and r/far_right. According to Reddit, affected pages violated Reddit’s new policies.
Reddit’s new policy:
“Do not post content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or group of people; likewise, do not post content that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals. We understand there are sometimes reasons to post violent content (e.g., educational, newsworthy, artistic, satire, documentary, etc.) so if you’re going to post something violent in nature that does not violate these terms ensure you provide context to the viewer so the reason for posting is clear
If your content is borderline, please use a NSFW tags. Even mild violence can be difficult for someone to explain to others if they open it unexpectedly.”
This latest crackdown suggests Reddit is trying to do all it can to re-position itself in the mainstream media business. Reddit once made a similar move back in 2015 which saw forums like r/fatpeoplehate taken down.
How much effect this ban would have on the overall site and user experience will yet to be seen as time goes on.
Source: BBC News